A mint and rare solid 18k gold irish, early 19th century highly engraved chain driven fusee verge pocket watch, with a rare 3-Color solid gold dial. The watch is very substantial, and in a 1.5 oz solid 18k gold consular, drum case, so requires a secure pocket. The most unusual and colectable feature is that this is a Savage 2-gold pin lever, highly collectable and rare in a gold case. This watch is guaranteed to be a Savage 2 pin lever as shown in the pictures below and movement, dial and case are original to each other and guaranteed as such.
The Savage 2 Pin escapement with was an early improvement on the lever escapement that improved the performance by separating locking and unlocking from impulse. The escapement actually has 3 gold pins that provide the active surfaces. Two pins on the roller table provide the unlocking action in each direction of swing of the balance. The pin that is normally the guard pin actually provides the impulse to the balance by acting in the passing notch. The pallets work as a normal lever. The difference is all in the impulse to the balance. George Savage invented the escapement sometime between 1814 and 1815. He emigrated to Canada in 1818 and worked primarily as a silversmith from that time on. English watches with Savage's signature are currently unknown.
THE DIAL: 98% mint, the solid gold 3-color dial with fine raised red gold Roman numerals, and a separate minute track to outside of dial with a floral engraved centre. The dial with 3-colour gold brocaded floral and leafy edge, in bright and crisp condition, with a few light scratches. With gold hour and minute hands. The original glass in very fine condition. Diameter is 39 mm.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with richly gilded and rare half-plate in wonderful condition. The rare shaped balance cock and foot in superb condition and of a simple engraved pattern, but beautifully finished. The balance cock with a large inset diamond end-stone to the centre of the three arm shiny steel balance wheel. The back plate with further decoration and a silvered steel Bosley regulator, with small raised pip to allow for easy adjustment. The movement showing very high quality work and finish, with a rare and highly desirable 2-sapphire pin savage lever escapement. The watch is keywind, and movement size is 33 mm diameter. The movement signed "Grays of Belfast" and number 3153. Pierced gilded fusee stop work with iron hinge.
The watch with fusee chain on tight to barrel and fusee cone and a good free swinging balance and the watch runs the full length of the fusee chain, keeping good time. The watch comes with a winding key for hands set and winding. Do note the unusual feature of the winding both through the dial and also the case back.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid 18k gold drum type case measures an impressive 44 mm outside diameter. The 18k gold hinged covers all closing tightly, and in fine order. The three knuckle hinge in good order. The cases with Chester hall-marks, case maker marks and 18k gold marks and case number of 3153 and letter "L" for 1834. The case maker mark of "TE HF". The pendant and very well made fancy bow, in superb condition and finely engraved and decorated. The case with no pin-holes or stretch marks, to the case. The covers with fine quality raised, engraved and carved edges in three-dimensional relief. The rear cover pops open, when the pendant button is depressed.